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Adding Years to Your Used Cars Life

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You might be asking yourself, "How do I really add years to my car?"

Well, we have the answer!

At True Auto Protection, we care about you when you're out on the road. That's why we offer 24 hour protection, including towing, key lock out, battery boost, emergency service and so much more. That's just one of the reasons why we are the most trusted leader of Extended Automobile Warranty companies in the industry.

Of course the best way to add years to the life of your used car is with an extended warranty. That's where True Auto Protection comes in with two used car warranty choices, a True Supreme and a True Platinum. Depending on which coverage you choose, there are options that will cover your engine, transmission, cooling system, brakes, electrical and much more. That's the simplest and easiest way to keep your used car on the road for the long haul.

Add Years to your Cars Life 

  • Oil Changes

The next best thing to do is to keep your oil changed because dirty oil can ruin your engine. It used to be that you would need to change your oil every 2000 or 3000 miles, but that isn't the case anymore. Using a pure synthetic oil can dramatically boost the time between oil changes to 10,000 miles, and in some cases, even longer.

Changing your oil is one the best things that you can do to keep your engine running fresh, it is inexpensive, and if you have do it yourself experience, you'll be able to change your own oil, and filter, in the comfort of your own driveway.

  • Tires

Another easy maintenance routine is to keep the tires inflated properly, rotated and have them balanced once per year. 

Under inflated tires not only causes your engine to work a little harder as it motors down the road, but it also gives you inferior gas mileage. If your tires are properly inflated, you'll gain up to 3 miles per gallon than if you drive on underinflated tires. And with the cost of gas now-a-days, 3 miles per gallon adds up to a couple of full tanks at the end of the year.

Worse than that, unbalanced tires can cause all sorts of suspension issues. Ball joints, tie rods and even CV joints can be adversely effected by unbalanced tires. So, once per year, get your tires rotated and balanced, have the tire pressure checked, and you'll be good to go.

If you blow a hose or your radiator gets gunked up with sludge, your car will overheat and you'll be stranded on the road. Not only that, overheating will cause too much heat and pressure in the system, and that could lead to head gasket leakage, damaged piston rings and even main bearings that could seize up. Those are all car killers first and foremost.

Stay on top of your cooling system needs. Most experts recommend changing out your radiator and heating hoses every 4 to 5 years. When doing that, get a professional cooling system flush as well. This is preventative maintenance at its best, it will ensure that your cooling system will always stay in top notch condition, and you'll never have to worry about blowing a hose when you are on the road.


The True Auto Protection Solution:

If you ever do get stranded on the road, always look to True Auto Protection for emergency service. And if your vehicle ends up in the shop, we have a rental car program available so you'll always have wheels to get where you need to go.

If you are looking for a company that specializes in Automobile Extended Warranties, look no further than True Auto Vehicle Breakdown Protection. We offer a variety of new and used car protection plans. We would love to hear from you! 


 

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When the warranty that came with the car runs out, then what?

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When your car warranty runs out, then what?

When buying a vehicle, it typically has some sort of warranty connected to it. The warranty may vary in length and what it covers, but it protects a driver from spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars on expensive fixes when caused by manufacturer defects. 


For any driver who is eyeballing their current warranty and sees it is set to expire soon, they need to take advantage of the current warranty and then consider looking into an extended vehicle warranty. Each driver needs to make their own decision, but understanding what an extended vehicle warranty can do and how to use it remains extremely important. 

Take the Car In Before the Warranty Runs Out

A vehicle warranty covers different elements of the vehicle. Usually all of this sits under the hood, but it does depend on the kind of vehicle driven and the warranty itself. Some vehicles have different warranties that run out at different year and mileage points.

Either way, it is a very good idea to take the vehicle in right before the warranty is set to expire. Not all problems are readily noticeable. Sometimes there might be a problem building under the hood but no apparent signs are displayed while driving.

Due to this, it is important to have the vehicle looked at. A problem might be detected that is still covered by the warranty. By catching it now, the warranty is still good and covers the associated expenses. 

Is an Extended Vehicle Warranty Right?

An extended vehicle warranty can be purchased after the buy date of the vehicle. With this extended warranty, it does become possible to increase the overall protection of the car.

Now, an extended vehicle warranty is not something that lasts forever. Like a regular manufacturer's warranty, it has an end point, whether it is years, mileage, or whichever one comes first.

It is important for a vehicle owner to determine if the new warranty is right. Essentially, they need to consider whether or not their vehicle is going to break down during the course of the extended warranty. Insurance covers accidents and repairs associated with this, so that is not at issue. What is at issue is something breaking on the vehicle due to age, wear and tear and just failing to work properly. 

What to Look For in an Extended Warranty?

So what points should be considered?

  • A driver needs to look at the vehicle they drive.
  • The cost of the vehicle.
  • The cost of the extended warranty.

With several years of driving under an owner's belt, if they have run into several different problems while driving the vehicle, purchasing an extended warranty may be smart. They can talk with the dealer about the manufacturers extended warranty or search for a third-party offering online. 

Now, if they have not yet had problems, it doesn't mean something might break on the next turn. Modern cars are built extremely well, but they are also more expensive to fix than older vehicles. Newer vehicles rely heavily on computer aided technology, and whenever a computer is involved, the repair cost tends to skyrocket (instead of replacing a built on a 90s car, it requires a belt and a computer chip, which drastically increases the cost).

Looking at the vehicle and doing some research on possible problems can help an owner determine if they should go for the warranty. According to Consumer Report, the average extended warranty sits at $1,200, with more for more expensive vehicles. If the potential repair costs exceed this price tag, it is a good idea to get the warranty. 


Click HERE to request a free quote from True Auto and find out how we can make you and your vehicle a priority. If your current warranty is about to expire, please consider True Auto for your future automobile extended warranty. 

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Pricing a "New-to-You" Used Car

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Pricing a new to you used car

 

How exactly do you go about pricing a new-to-you used car?

Nothing beats the feeling of driving away in a new car. Even if the vehicle is technically used, when new to you, it offers an entire world of new opportunities. But how should someone price a new to them used vehicle? After all, it is not like going directly to the car manufacturer's website and pricing a vehicle before heading out to the dealership. Buying a used car requires a bit more investigating, but it also lends itself to helping car buyers save a considerable amount of money. 



Tracking Down the Right Vehicle

When shopping for a used vehicle, it is important to take note of having an idea for what kind of vehicle make and model you want. Do your research through services like Consumer Report and other vehicle review websites in order to determine what vehicles run into the fewest problems. Some vehicles are constructed to last a very long time, while others are designed more to impress immediately, but don't necessarily have a very long shelf life. For someone on the market for a used truck, they should look up how used Fords, Chevys, Toyotas and others fair over an extended period of time. This way, it is less likely the person will need to spring for expensive repairs immediately upon buying the truck (or shortly after). 

Once someone starts looking at the vehicle style they are interested it, they need to write down all of the general specs of the vehicle when one interests them. This doesn't just include the make, model and year, but also trim variations and any added upgrades. They should look at the tires to see if these need to be replaced soon. Also, they should take note if the wheels are steel or aluminum. Steel wheels are far less valuable than the aluminum wheels. Once all of this information is obtained, they can plug it into a service such as Kelly Blue BookKBB provides some of the most accurate pricing information on used vehicles. Here, the individual simply needs to plug in all of their findings, note any damages or upgrades and if they are buying from a dealer or independent seller. This way, they are able to come up with what the average vehicle is going for. 

Get the Car Fax

If the price is right and a potential buyer has found a lone vehicle they are interested in, it is time to check the Car Fax. To obtain this information, the VIN is required. The VIN can be found on several areas of the vehicle, ranging from the lower driver's corner of the windshield to the interior, driver's door panel or the glove box. The VIN records all work the vehicle has received, accidents and other possible problems. If the vehicle has seen a large number of drivers over a short period of time, it might reflect serious problems under the hood. It does cost money to obtain the Car Fax, but it is always a good decision before purchasing a vehicle as it gives the best idea at what it should cost.

Buying From a Dealer or Independent Seller

There are pros and cons with each. When buying from a dealer the vehicle is going to cost more, but usually comes with some sort of vehicle warranty. Typically there are fewer potential problems connected with the vehicle. On the other hand, an independent seller can offer a better price, but there is no warranty and there is always the problem of an expensive repair down the road. Always have the vehicle inspected when buying from independent sellers. 


If you are looking for a company that specializes in Automobile Extended Warranties, look no further than True Auto Vehicle Breakdown Protection. Coverage plans will protect your new, used and new-to-you used vehicle.  

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What are the other benefits of Extended Auto Warranties

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Warranties are like insurance.  If you unfortunately have to use them, then they are probably worth the cost.  However, in addition to just paying for the repair costs of your vehicle, there are other benefits that you should consider.

When you go into the service department of an auto dealership with an extended warranty on your vehicle there will be a service advisor to check you in.  You tell them the problem that you are having with your car or truck and they take some time to do some diagnostics.  They then call you up to the counter and give you the bad news.  They may say that the rear differential is off.  Or they might say that the alternator needs to be replaced.  The problem is that most americans don't have the "car savy" to tell if the service department is telling the truth or not.

With an extended car warranty, the services advisor will have to call in the claim to the extended warranty company.  The reps from the warranty company are all
ASE certified machanics and have extensive training on auto repairs.  So, in essence you have a "car guy" that has your back.

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Auto Warranties Used Cars

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So you are looking for auto warranties on used cars.  Well, there are so many places to look and websites to review that it will make your head spin.  

Used car auto warranties are very similar if not identical to new car warranties.  They can be "bumper-to-bumber" or they can cover just a few components all depending on who you buy the policy from.  Obviously, the older your vehicle and the more miles you have on it, the less coverage that might be available for it.

Here are a few tips to help you in your search.

1.  Don't necessarily go to the auto dealership for this coverage.  Many of them are not even able to sell you auto warranties for used cars unless you go through a length inspection on your car.

2.  When you do find a decent quote, make sure the insurance company that stands behind the used car warranty is strong.

3.  If the used car auto warranties that you are looking at requires you to add an additive to your engine or transmission run away.  This is a product warranty and has many problems with it including a non-cancel provision.

4. Auto warranties for Used Cars are certainly a good decision if you buy from the right company.  Check them out on the Better Business Bureau

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